Amethyst is a Quartz, whose purple colour is the result of a combination of iron impurities and trace elements in the crystal lattice being exposed to natural radiation.
Amethyst is calming and soothing, with a sobering, down to earth aspect. It can be used in meditation to guide one to ones highest ideals, transforming lower vibrations into higher ones whilst maintaining a sense of composure and serenity.
Amethyst is a useful tool for reconciliation, as it promotes compassion, empathy and understanding. It has a reputation for helping relieve insomnia and overcoming addictions.
Amethyst opens the crown chakra, clears the aura and protects against psychic attack.